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Activities & Facilities

Please note:

There is currently no ATM facility, shop or restaurant available in the Park. Guests are advised to bring their own supplies that will last for the whole duration of their stay. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Adventure and Outdoor Activities

  • Flowering season – experience the springtime floral splendour of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld area (between June and October, depending on good rains).
  • Bird watching – almost 200 species in the park.

Guided Trails

  • Vensterval Trail (4 days, 3 nights)
  • Lelieshoek-Oemsberg Trail (3 days, 2 nights)
  • Kodaspiek Trail (2 days, 1 night)
  • The above mentioned are only available from 1 April to 30 September
  • Guided walking trails will be conducted from a base camp called Hakiesdoring hiking camp soon.

Hiking Trails Base Camp

The Hiking Trails Base Camp, which is situated in the panoramic Ganakouriep Valley and accommodates 9 people opened in mid-July. Gas stoves, fridges and hot showers are available. The hiking trail itself is not open due to a shortage of qualified guides but groups under the control of an appropriately qualified guide may be allowed to hike. It is strongly recommended that they take a person with extensive knowledge of the area with them to enhance their experience and minimize the risks associated with this terrain and climate.


This unit will be taken three months in advance until such time as the trails issue has been resolved. It is also an ideal location from which to explore the Park by vehicle. Note that the water is not suitable for drinking and it is recommended that guests should bring their own drinking water. The cost of this unit is R600 for the first four people and R100 for each subsequent person.

Community Fund

A community fund of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations arriving on or after the 1st of June 2012.


No shops in the park, but fuel and cold drinks can be purchased at a small general store at Sendelingsdrift. The shop is open on weekdays only.

Pontoon at Sendelingsdrif

The old pont, that was last in service in 1988, when South West Africa (now Namibia) was still governed by South Africa, has been restored and offers an unusual and convenient way of crossing the Garib (Orange) River that separates the two countries. Before the opening of this border a very inconvenient 485km detour and about 4 hours drive had to be undertaken to cross from one side of the Park to the other.

Pont Regulations:

Maximum carrying capacity is 6 Metric Tones or:

  • 2 standard 4x4 vehicles without trailers
  • 1 standard 4x4 vehicle with trailer
  • 2 standard light motor vehicles with trailers
  • 1 bus with a seating capacity of less than 20


Summer and winter: 8:00 – 16:15 (weather permitting)

For further information please phone the the park on 027 831 1506


  • Unleaded 95 - available at all times
  • 50ppm Diesel - available at all times

Please note that there is an ATM available at the Sonskyn Café at Sendelingsdrift.

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